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Nigerian drug lord flees South Africa, arrested in Imo house

A drug lord who was on the needed record of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company, recognized as Joachin Mbonu, has been arrested.

Mbonu was arrested on July 5 by NDLEA operatives at his nation dwelling in Imo State.

An announcement on Tuesday from the company’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, stated Mbonu was arrested alongside along with his confederate.

He acknowledged that Mbonu belongs to a drug cartel accountable for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Babafemi stated: “A significant drug cartel behind the manufacturing and distribution of the lethal psychoactive substance methamphetamine, popularly known as ‘Mkpuru mmiri’, has been busted by operatives of the NDLEA following the arrest of the syndicate chief, 42-year-old Joachin Chikaodi Mbonu and his affiliate at his nation home in his village of Umuomi, Uzogba-Ezenomi Autonomous Group, Ikeduru Native Authorities of Imo State.”

The cartel, with operational bases in Imo and Rivers states, turned a goal of the company after intelligence indicated it was accountable for distributing important portions of methamphetamine within the southeast, south and different elements of the nation.

Throughout the operation, the officers discovered, amongst different issues, 419.99 grams of methamphetamine, 750 grams of iodine and a pump-action rifle with 4 cartridges, in response to Babafemi.

He stated: “After weeks of surveillance, operatives of a particular operations unit of the company on Friday, July 5, 2024, tracked down and traced the drug lord to his nation home in Imo State the place he was caught with a member of his cartel, Kenneth Chibuike Ofoegbu, 34, with numerous portions of methamphetamine, its precursor chemical substances, a pump-action shotgun and ammunition seized.

“Proof discovered within the dwelling included 419.99 grams of methamphetamine; 750 grams of iodine, a chemical precursor to methamphetamine; 500 grams of sodium bicarbonate, a chemical precursor to methamphetamine; two digital scales; and a pump-action shotgun with 4 cartridges.”

In line with Babafemi, the brokers additionally searched the houses of Mbonu’s accomplices in Rivers and Imo states and seized numerous unlawful medication.

He stated: “The officers shortly proceeded to a different hideout of Mbonu, positioned at 11 Redemption Avenue, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the place they seized extra proof: 750 grams of processed sodium bicarbonate; 170 grams of pure sodium bicarbonate and 75 grams of methamphetamine.

“One other raid on the home of considered one of Mbonu’s associates, Odoemenam Pedro Chinedu, at the moment at giant, in Njaba LGA, Imo State, led to the restoration of one other pump motion shotgun with 25 rounds of ammunition, amongst different objects. Whereas the kingpin continues to relax in custody, two of his homes in Imo State have been marked for attainable forfeiture to the Federal Authorities.”

Babafemi acknowledged that Mbonu had fled South Africa, the place he had lived for a few years, and had mastered the artwork of getting ready methamphetamine after being suspected of drug trafficking.

He added that after returning to Nigeria, he continued the felony commerce by organising secret laboratories in distant villages to cover his felony actions.

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